Homœopathic Links 2023; 36(02): 137-146
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-1756494
Case Report

Homoeopathic Treatment of Childhood Herpes Zoster—A Case Series

1   Dr. Anjali Chatterji Regional Research Institute for Homoeopathy, Under Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
1   Dr. Anjali Chatterji Regional Research Institute for Homoeopathy, Under Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
1   Dr. Anjali Chatterji Regional Research Institute for Homoeopathy, Under Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
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Background Herpes zoster (HZ) is a relatively rare infectious disease in the paediatric population as compared to adults, occurring due to the reactivation of latent varicella-zoster virus that persists in the posterior root ganglion. HZ can develop any time after the primary infection and is characterised by grouped vesicular rashes limited to single dermatome. Diagnosis is based on a distinct clinical appearance of HZ. Its clinical course is variable, and it requires prompt medical treatment to prevent the complications. In conventional method, antiviral and other treatment modalities are available; however, these are fraught with potentially severe side effects and is expensive that demands an alternative method of treatment.

Methods A case series of three children with HZ treated with individualised homeopathy is presented here. The cases are reported according to HOM-CASE guidelines and followed up with photographic documentation. The Modified Naranjo Criteria for Homeopathy (MONARCH) inventory was used as a tool for assessing the causal relationship between homeopathic intervention and clinical outcome.

Results All cases of HZ were successfully cured with individualised homoeopathy within 10 days without any complication. Individual curative response of the homoeopathic medicine in each case was assessed through MONARCH which demonstrated a positive causal attribution of homeopathy.

Conclusion Successful results of this case series suggest a positive response of individualised homeopathic medicines in the treatment of childhood HZ. The remissions of the HZ lesion presented in this case series may be attributed to homeopathic medicines in each case. Hence, this case series could serve as a basis for further research into the role of individualised homeopathic medicine in the treatment of childhood herpes zoster.

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The parents of all the patient(s) have given their consent for the images and other clinical information to be reported in the journal. The parents understand that their children name and initials will not be published and due efforts will be made to conceal their identity.

Publication History

Article published online:
30 June 2023

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